ORDER OF SERVICE: Order of Worship for Sunday, April 4
First United Methodist Church, Lombard, Illinois
April 4th, 2021 Easter Sunday
Virtual Worship – 10 O’clock in the morning
Prelude / Instrumental Daniel Hennel, MA– Accompanist
Gathering Words Luis F. Reyes, Lead Pastor
As we turn away from the tomb, we encounter the risen Jesus.
As we look in wonder, Jesus calls us by name.
Life, not death, is the deepest truth—God’s word for all creation.
Centering Song “This is Amazing Grace”
CCLI License # 11191064
Unison Call to Worship Alex Teater, MMEd – Director of Technical Production
The women wondered who would roll the stone from the tomb,
But the stone was rolled away. Christ is Risen!
The women went to see their friend’s body,
But the body was not there. Christ is Risen!
The angel told them “You are looking for Jesus who was crucified.”
“He is not here!” Christ is Risen!
Go, and tell the good news to the disciples!
Go, and tell the Good News to the World! Christ is Risen!
Christ is Risen Indeed!
Children’s Moment Luis F. Reyes, Lead Pastor
Hymn of Praise “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” UMH#302 – CCLI License # 11191064
Gathering Prayer Brianna Harris, MMEd
Director of Music Ministries
God be with you.
And also with you
Let us pray…
God of grace and power, we come rejoicing in Christ’s empty tomb. We come rusting in the good news that tells us Christ is with us. Help us in our pain,
despair and fear so that we are not prone to follow the path of hopelessness. Help us, to instead, be like the Risen Christ, and rise up, as a brave and holy people,
living beyond our pain, despair and fear by remaining hopeful in your steadfast love.
For the Risen Christ is living proof that You care about our lives, O God. The Risen Christ offers to us glimpses of hope, even in our tears. As the tomb is not quiet.
It speaks. It proclaims! It is a promise of eternal life!
Thank you, gracious and almighty God. Amen.
Scripture Reading Mark 16:1-8 (CEB) Virginia Rainey, Deacon – Minister of Congregational Care
When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they could go and anoint Jesus’ dead body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they came to the tomb. 3 They were saying to each other, “Who’s going to roll the stone away from the entrance for us?” 4 When they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away. (And it was a very large stone!)
5 Going into the tomb, they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right side; and they were startled. 6 But he said to them, “Don’t be alarmed! You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised. He isn’t here. Look, here’s the place where they laid him. 7 Go, tell his disciples, especially Peter, that he is going ahead of you into Galilee. You will see him there, just as he told you.” 8 Overcome with terror and dread, they fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Ministry of Music “On the Third Day”
Composed by Allen Pote
Hope Publishing Company
CCLI License # 11191064
Witness to the Word Luis F. Reyes, Lead Pastor
Prayers of the People Luis F. Reyes, Lead Pastor
The Prayer of our Savior
Offering Luis F. Reyes, Lead Pastor
Call to Offering.
The Blessings of the Gifts
God of love,
We offer our gifts of time, spiritual gifts, and financial gifts
as a sign of our love for you and the world.
We ask a special blessing on these gifts
where you meet us in our suffering, and raise us up,
so that all may come to know of your abiding love.
O God, we give these gifts as you have given them unto us.
In the name of Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.
Service of Holy Communion Luis F. Reyes, Lead Pastor & Virginia Rainey, Deacon
Invitation to the Table
Communion Hymn “Come to the Table” W&S#3160
Great Prayer of Thanksgiving
…as we proclaim the glory of your name:
Holy is Jesus, God Incarnate, the Risen Christ,
whose mercy gathers us together in community,
whose grace meets us in our brokenness,
and whose loving faithfulness gives us renewed hope.
…in sharing this meal, we live out the mystery of our faith:
We remember Christ’s life of love, and friendship, and teaching,
We remember Christ’s dying, and rising to life again.
Sharing the Bread & the Cup
O Christ, we thank you for this feast of life. Fed by your love, and strengthened by your life; we humbly accept your call to go into this world to live with hope,
and to share your joy.
You commission us to feed as we have been fed, forgive as we have been forgiven,
and love as we have been loved. Thanks be to God. Amen.
Hymn of Celebration “Up From the Grave He Arose” UMH#322
Sending Forth Luis F. Reyes, Lead Pastor
May God’s abiding love and hope give us new life.
May God’s unmerited grace and mercy keep us hope-filled.
And may God’s restorative justice bring to us all, perfect peace.
For Christ is risen! Praise God!
Postlude “Hallelujah Chorus”
CCLC Streaming License # CPL056
WEEK AT A GLANCE
Monday, April 5th – 7:00pm on ZOOM
Tuesday, April 6th
Church Leadership Team- 6:30pm on ZOOM
Registration for Sunday, April 11th – In-person Worship Opens.
Wednesday, April 7th
Study- “Savior” 6:45pm (meeting opens @630pm)
Thursday, April 8th
Ministries of Music Rehearsal & Video Recording
Friday, April 9th
In-Person Registration Closes at NOON
Sunday, April 11th – Second Sunday of Easter
Christian Formation Hour on ZOOM – 8:30am
Children’s Hour on ZOOM at 9:15am
Fellowship Hour- 11:15am on ZOOM
In our Prayers Today:
All of our members, especially:
Karlyn Harris, Bunny Corrough, Shirley Rardin,
Grace Stetson, Rachael Smith-Kozlowki,
Bill Battcher, Jan Elsner, Angie Aguirre
Those with health and family issues:
Michael, brother of Christine Marousek
Peggy, Mother of Christine Marousek
Pasdo Family, neighbors of Tom and Pat Price
Family of Jan Herron, friend of Jennifer’s passed
Prayers will be listed for one month unless otherwise stated.